When Nicolas Ghesquiere became the new creative director of Louis Vuitton, the fashion fan inside of me did some serious cheerleading. His previous work for Balenciaga was always ahead of its time – relevant, modern and supplemented with incredible accessories. I was hoping this was going to be the case at LV and with this season’s ‘60s, early ‘70s collection, there is so much to covet. Who would’ve thought that looking like an awesome version of Florence Henderson (The Brady Bunch’s matriarch) could be so cool? Wide collars, babydoll dresses, high-waisted trousers and A-line minis are totally in and Gucci has joined the retro trip by producing some incredible clothes and shoes this season in wild shades of mustard, blush pink, muted cornflower blue and a whole bunch of leopard print to boot.
I played around with these beautiful clothes inside of Tomek Archer’s fittingly colourific moveable pods on display at the Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation in Sydney.
Take a leaf out of Louis Vuitton’s book and rock your miniskirt with ankle boots and a smattering of leather.
Shiny patent leather boots and cool pearl accessories adds another dimension (Gucci dress and boots, Sarina Suriano jewellery).
Sometimes a dress is born that just does amazing things to a woman’s curves. This Louis Vuitton baby is it.
Don’t forget the new vintage cool in accessories (Louis Vuitton bag and boots).
Check out the full story & more pictures now up on Vogue.com.au here
photographed by Jeremiah Wolf
Celebrating 100 years of the iconic Cartier Panther collection.
In Paris recently whilst on holidays, I visited the elegant Rue de la Paix Cartier butique with my daughter Coco to put my beloved Santos watch in for a service. We ended up spending nearly an hour in the store admiring the incredible Panthére collection on glittering display – she was so in awe, she excitedly exclaimed she wanted to become a jewellery maker.
Back in Sydney, upon hearing about this assignment, I felt as giddy as she – the Panthére collection boasts some of my favourite jewellery of all time; pieces that transcend fashion trends and never age. There is something so beautiful, versatile and strong yet completely feminine in the metaphor of the panther, the majestic predator that has been prowling Cartier jewellery since 1914. Contrary to popular belief, this beautiful creature doesn’t have all black fur; on closer inspection, the fur is dark brown and carries gorgeous rosettes and solid spots of all sizes; hence the similarity to leopard fur and the spotted emblem used across the Cartier jewellery.
Interestingly, even though born under the house’s name, the collection was started by a woman, Jeanne Toussaint, who worked closely with Cartier and was herself nicknamed Le Panthére for her free-thinking temperament, strong will and exotic style. She first incorporated the spotted panther motif on a watch in 1914 , introducing flecking on jewellery. It soon became a concept that adorned many Cartier designs; from powder boxes and vanity cases to later embellishing brooches, earrings, bracelets and necklaces. In 1948, a three dimensional brooch was acquired by the Duchess of Windsor who became a loyal customer, commissioning another stunning brooch and an onyx studded diamond bracelet.
Since then, the Panthére collection has undergone many transformations, consistently producing amazing contemporary jewellery. For this story, I loaned some of my favourite pieces from the collection and styled them by incorporating key 2014/2015 trends.
The 1960s dominated the runways from Gucci to Louis Vuitton this season. I love the revival of femininity and luxury of this trend, not to mention that tan, honey and gold are a match made in sartorial heaven. (Wearing necklace, bracelet and ring by Cartier, bodysuit by Josh Goot, leather skirt by Gucci,vintage fur coat and Pucci sunglasses.)
A return to elegance and sweeping hemlines may be interpreted as a way to recapture fairytale glamour, however, done in red, it becomes a timeless way to stand out – just add diamond-encrusted panthers.(Wearing Cartier earrings and ring, gown by Camilla and Marc)
Make like Marlene Dietrich and Katherine Hepburn because men’s tailoring is back in a big way. There is nothing as flattering as a well-cut suit on a woman – nothing as sexy either. (Wearing Cartier choker and bracelet, Saint Laurent suit from Parlour X, Christian Louboutin pumps, Maison Michel hat)
View the full story + more pictures on the Vogue.com.au website here !
photographed by Kasia Werstak
You don’t have to be an expert in geometry or a mathematical genius to see spring’s bright linear future.
This is a trend that is clean, fresh, modern, and in OCD terms tidy (boy, my boyfriend loves that word). Importantly, this is a look that goes beyond the term trend because it is universally re-workable; take a soft dress, throw on a neatly patterned coat and voila! You get a softly structured outfit that takes you from boardroom to dinner.
In essence it is all about well-cut clothes that take on architectural principles but are modified to be feminine, light, airy and flattering.
Below the knee dresses and skirts add a modern Mad Men sensuality, while cropped silhouettes herald the arrival of spring and the perennial classic, monochrome gets a much needed update.
Full story and 3 more looks on Vogue.com.au's website here!